Floods kill 13, leave 3 missing in Vietnam



Flash floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Vietnam's northern and central regions over the past few days have killed 13 people and left three missing, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Monday.

As of Monday morning, floods claimed nine lives and left three people missing in central Thanh Hoa province. Meanwhile, floods and landslides killed one person each of the four northern provinces of Hoa Binh, Yen Bai, Son La and Lang Son, Xinhua news agency reported.

The floods and landslides also destroyed 364 houses, damaged over 6,523 hectares of rice and other crops, killed 512 cattle and 56,367 fowls, and damaged 963 hectares of aquaculture ponds, 620 meters of dykes and 6,174 meters of canals, said the committee.

Natural disasters, mostly typhoons, floods and landslides, killed or left missing 153 people and injured 119 others, and caused property losses of over 7,000 billion Vietnamese dong (304.3 million U.S. dollars) in the first eight months of this year, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.- IANS